Less truffle than the 1996, more rubber and tertiary aromas. Very nice taste profile, much more full bodied than last bottle 7-8 years ago. This has really taken on weight. Great food wine, bone dry but with considerable extract. Amazing acidity, so crisp and penetrating.
A Texan comes to town and we gather at a new hot spot in Jersey City. (Thirty Acres): Showing a brighter color and much less oxidation than the wildly publicized premoxed '96, though there's still a bit more nuttiness here than I would prefer. That said, it has nice freshness and quince dominates the nose and palate with a touch of apples, spice and mineral. Good weight and length and the wine did grow with air. Drinking quite nicely right now, but I'm going to drink mine sooner as I prefer less oxidation. B+/A-.
Ain't no volatile acidity in this here bottle. Just a fresh, lively and utterly delicious bottle of Clos du Papillon...classy, elegant and smoky. Perfect with an appetizer of smoked trout with horseradish crème fraîche.
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